NEW DELHI: India is like a regular Abhimanyu Easwaran and Priyank Panchal Rookie sensation Devdutt will be in a feud with Padikkal when the selectors choose the 30-strong India squad for a four-month visit to the United Kingdom on Friday.
Indian team is scheduled to play World test championship The final in Southampton against New Zealand from June 18-22 before England in a five-Test series.
The series will begin with Nottingham (August 4-8) and will be followed by matches at Lord’s (August 12-16), Leeds (August 25-29), Oval (September 2-6) and Manchester (September 10-14). .
The 14-day tough quarantine for passengers going from India to the UK and the current COVID-19 status in the country has forced the BCCI to select at least 30 members in the squad, which will have some automatic options and India’s best performers.
There will be very few places that are for graves. A three-way battle between Abhimanyu Iswaran, Priyank Panchal and cheater Devdutt Padikkal was seen in the extra opener slot.
He is expected to return after regaining his form in the IPL. He played only one Test in Australia and was left out due to lack of form.
Ishwaran and Panchal were the openers during the Test matches against England.
Similarly Ishaan Kishan and Kona Bharat will fight for the third wicketkeeper after Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha.
Axar Patel and Rahul Chahar could fight for the wrist spinner behind R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja Hardik Pandya
Despite not bowling too much, batting will be an all-rounder, while Shardul Thakur can be used as a bowling all-rounder.
In the absence of T Natarajan, the left-handed seam bowling option could be Jaydev Unadkat, while youngsters Krishna and Avesh Khan are also expected to join the flight to England.
Mohammed Shami, Hanuma Vihari, Bhuvneshwar Kumar are expected to return after recovering from their injuries.
Opener: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal / Devdutt Padikkal
Middle order: Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul
All rounder: Washington Beautiful, Hearty Pandya
Spinners: R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar
Fast bowlers: Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Paridhi Krishna, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Net bowler (possibly): Chetan Sakaria, Ankit Rajput